Phyllis E. Townley

Phyllis E. Townley

Phyllis Elin Townley, daughter of the late John H. and Elna A. (nee Blomquist) Schmeusser, born in Wilmington, DE on May 17, 1922 and currently residing in Sheridan, WY, died on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

During WWII, Mrs. Townley worked for the War Department in Washington, DC. After which, she worked for the DuPont Company and for Bell Telephone as a telephone operator in Wilmington, DE. She was an active member of the Aetna Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary in Newark, DE for many years. She retired after 20 years from Emily Bissell Hospital and in 1982, she and her husband, Jim, moved to Kalispell, MT where she worked for several years at Kalispell Regional Hospital. She and her husband returned to Wilmington, DE in 1996 to be near their children. Mrs. Townley assisted her husband in publishing a military newsletter, as requested by members of his Naval Unit, for 17 years.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Townley was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, James Quinn Townley, on March 15, 2004; and by her brothers, John (Nonnie) H. Schmeusser on July 25, 1957, Fred E. Schmeusser on June 23, 2006 and Paul (Buddy) R. Schmeusser on Oct. 30, 2010.

Phyllis was a life-long member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother and raised their children in Newark, DE. They enjoyed many visits with friends in faith at their simple home in Roseville Park and traveled the country and Scandinavia to visit friends and attend the Christian meetings.

Mrs. Townley is survived by her sons, Trent J. of Sheridan, WY, David Q. (Vicki) of Jacksonville, FL, Philip D. (Deborah) of Duncannon, PA, Jon P. (Margaret) of Middletown, DE, Rand E. (JoAnne) of Davenport, WA and Dana L. (Rhesa) of Yacolt, WA; daughters, Gaye E. Koski (Don) of Sheridan, WY, and Phyllis A. Granger (Stanly, Jr.) of Rising Sun, MD; 35 grandchildren; 154 great grandchildren; and 9 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, 2038 Pleasant Valley Rd., Newark, DE. Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 1, at the church. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 718, Newark, DE 19715.

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Published in The News Journal from Apr. 27 to Apr. 29, 2014